SHELLEY STROMHOLT, PH.D.
After many years as an informal educator in STEM and environmental education (including on a WWII submarine), my focus shifted to how to capture and share evidence of the transformational learning experiences I witnessed everyday.
As the Principal of Aspect Research + Evaluation, I help education and community-focused organizations identify and answer the important questions for their work. For more than 10 years, our projects have focused on designing and studying equitable learning environments in STEM, place-based, and sustainability education. Issues of social justice, racial and gender equity, and amplifying marginalized voices are at the center of our work. We approach projects as partnerships and prioritize participatory co-design approaches.
I spent eight years as a researcher with the Institute for Science and Math Education at University of Washington. There I worked across several research-practice partnerships as a graduate researcher and a postdoctoral scholar. Recently, I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo, where I managed multiple research projects in sustainability and science education. In 2019, I became President-elect of the newly formed Seattle Evaluation Association and am currently serving as President.
ABBY RHINEHART, M.A.
In my work with Aspect Research + Evaluation, I help educators better understand their programs' impacts to inform the design of future learning experiences. I have worked as an out-of-school educator at the Washington State History Museum and at several National Park Service sites, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon and Mt. Rainier. I have also worked in communications at several educational nonprofits, including Humanities Washington and the University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education, where I helped share complex academic work with general audiences.
In 2018, I received a M.A. in museum studies from the University of Washington with a specialization in evaluation.